Settle in, kids; it’s gonna be a long night: A
triple-feature, with a “sex’n’drugs’n’rock’n’roll” theme.
Our cartoon is an early crossover, in which Popeye, Bluto
and Olive Oyl have a close encounter with Betty Boop. It’s Popeye’s first
animated appearance, and the first performance of his theme song. Plus, he gets
to hula with Miss Boop!
Feature #1 is the semi-classic “Glen or Glenda,” which deals
with transvestism and sex reassignment, and includes some rather spacey dream
sequences. Writer/director Ed Wood (a real-life transvestite himself) stars
under the pseudonym “Daniel Davis.” Sortof narrated by Bela Lugosi, whose immortal lines include
"Bevare! Bevare! Bevare of the big, green dragon that sits on your
doorstep! He eats little boys, puppy dog tails, and big, fat snails! Take care!
After a brief intermission, we present that ‘70s campus
favorite “Reefer Madness,” in which a single toke leads to a hit-and-run accident, manslaughter, suicide,
attempted rape, hallucinations, madness, and some really really fast
Stretch your legs during the next break, and then come back
for “Rock, Rock, Rock!,” a “jukebox musical” from 1956. Dori Graham
(13-year-old Tuesday Weld) desperately wants a strapless dress for the prom, and
needs to raise the money for it herself. That’s about it, plot-wise.
But the film is crammed with performances by Chuck Berry, La
Vern Baker, Teddy Randazzo (later the composer of "Goin' Out of My
Head", "It's Gonna Take a Miracle", "Pretty Blue
Eyes", and "Hurt So Bad"), the Moonglows, the Flamingos, Frankie
Lymon and the Teenagers, and others. Look fast for Valerie Harper’s screen
debut as an extra in the Cirino and the Bow-ties segment, as well as after the
Remember to replace your speaker on the post, and observe all
traffic laws as you drive home.